I think of Autumn as a season of transition and adjustment. The weather changes, it’s cooler, breezier and fresher. It’s a time when the summer greenery fades and leaves dry up and fall from the trees. My garden looks bare and the nights start drawing in. For me Autumn is a time when nature turns inwards, which can leave us feeling less grounded.
It’s a time when we return to our routines: school, work and other duties. For some, Autumn is a time to get motivated, focus, concentrate and start new projects. For others, it can be unsettling and make them feel gloomy, anxious or even depressed.
Autumn brings with it some physical issues as well. Colds and even flu become more prevalent. Eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions can flair up with drier air, lower temperatures and less exposure to sunlight.
I’m going to tell you about some of the oils I find work best for combating the challenges Autumn brings.
*Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender and Ylang ylang.
*Atlas Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Myrhh, and Sandalwood or if you want to try something new there is Palo santo.
For Focus and concentration
*Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary and Ginger.
For Low Mood and Anxious Feelings
*Bergamot, Neroli, Roman chamomile and Ylang ylang.
For immune support
*Niaouli, Pine, Fragonia, Ravensara and Lavender.
For relief from cold and flu symptoms
*Eucalyptus radiata, Ravensara, Tea tree and Sandalwood.
For dry skin
* Benzoin, Geranium, Palma rosa, Sandalwood and Patchouli.
For Eczema & Psoriasis
*Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose otto, Lavender and Roman chamomile.
(Carrier oils also have a role to play my favourites are Rosehip seed, Calendula and Evening primrose oil.
I would like to finish up with a couple of blends I like to use to help get me in the mood for the arrival of Autumn.
A walk in the woods
This blend is inspired by the scents of damp leaves and lichen mixed with that first breath of crisp cool winter air.
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Birch
This blend of immune-boosting essential oils works wonders for clearing the sinuses and warding off autumn colds. Also great for a quick pick-me-up on a slow morning!
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Cinnamon
1 drop Clove
Palo Santo is gaining more widespread use within holistic aromatherapy, but there is not much documented about its use yet. Loosely translated, it means Holy Wood it has been used for hundreds of years by native shamans for spiritual applications. For those that integrate essential oils within meditation or prayer, Palo Santo is an oil to pay close attention to.
Personally I find this oil to be particularly grounding and calming.